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Pilot Project on Improving Data Exchange Between Industry Certification Organizations and State Education and Workforce Longitudinal Data Systems

ACTE, in cooperation with a number of national and state partners (listed below), is supporting a project to expand and improve data exchange between industry certification organizations and state longitudinal data systems.

The project is based on a multi-year roadmap for the development of a national data exchange clearinghouse that will allow states and educational institutions to gain access to data on industry-recognized certifications earned by students. Current industry partners include CompTIA and The Manufacturing Institute (an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, or NAM).

The Department of Education is also interested in the development and outcome of this project. Industry certifications and licensure are a growing part of the expected outcomes of career and technical education (CTE) programs, and the Department is interested in the identification of solutions to the issues surrounding state collection of valid and reliable data.

ACTE is focusing on raising awareness of the need for improving data exchange, and a pilot project is being conducted between states and industry partners on how data can be effectively and securely exchanged and used for the benefit of all parties. This pilot project is based on a recent Illinois and CompTIA project that demonstrated the feasibility of linking state and certification data.

CompTIA announced, at the National Association of CTE Information conference in May 2014, several changes to their participation in this project that should speed along data sharing, such as eliminating the need for indemnification. Several states are signing a simplified data-sharing agreement this summer and beginning their data match.

To find out more, check out the resources below and e-mail ACTE.

Project Resources

States Selected for the First Round

  • California
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma

States Selected for the Second Round

  • DC
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Washington
  • Florida

Certification Project Advisory Committee

  • Department of Education, John Haigh
  • Department of Labor, Pam Frugoli and Andrala Walker
  • National Center for Education Statistics, Lisa Hudson
  • National Association of Manufacturers, Jennifer McNelly
  • The Manufacturing Institute, Gardner Carrick
  • CompTIA, Gretcher Koch
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ross Cohen
  • Department of Health and Human Services, Stanley Koutstaal
  • ANSI, Roy Swift
  • State Longitudinal Data Systems, Keith Brown
  • NASDCTEc, Steve Voytek
  • National Student Clearinghouse, Doug Shapiro
  • National Skills Coalition, Andy Van Kleunen
  • Wage Record Interchange System, Kate Louton
  • Federal Employment Data Exchange System, David Stevens
  • IIlinois IHE Pilot, Robert Sheets, Scott Parke and Nathan Wilson
  • National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, Tom Richardson
  • Global Skills Exchange, Dave Wilcox
  • National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, Greg Beachey
  • National Center for Innovation in CTE, Steve Klein
  • NOCTI, John Foster
  • NOCTI Business Solutions, Anne Gielczyk
  • Ascend Learning, Lyndsey Hall
  • Workforce Credentials Coalition, Matthew Meyer and Renah Wolzinger
  • Workforce Data Quality Campaign, Rachel Zinn and Michelle Massie
  • CLASP, Evelyn Ganzglass
  • ACT, Mary Lefebvre
  • Data Quality Campaign, Danielle Evennou and Sara McClafferty

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